The Legend of God's Gun Poster

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

I was going to put this poster in the weekly round-up, but I decided it deserved a post of it’s own, even if I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about it.

I think it will come as a non-surprise to all that small movies have a hard time getting noticed. There are hundreds of films being produced every year, many of them with huge marketing budgets. Standing out from the crowd without being able to just continually bombard people with advertisements is hard.

All of this makes every marketing material, including the posters, so much more important. If someone happens to catch your poster or trailer you have to make an impression, as they might not see anything else about your movie unless they actively seek it.

Of course, small independent movies often have a hard time coming up with catchy posters because they lack known actors, amazing visuals that can be taken from the film itself, a easy to sell hook or even the proper budget to get the poster made. I think all that ends up making sheer creativity that much more important.

All of that is to say that I think this is a good example of a poster for a small movie. An illustration with strong lines and colors, packed with a lot of iconic images that get instant reactions: a cross, a gun, a scorpion, and so on. A memorable title and a critic quote both well inserted into the design also help.

I probably wouldn’t have ever heard about Legend if it wasn’t for the poster. And now not only have a heard of it, I also remember it and would probably look twice if I happened to find it in the video store, for example. A job well done.

(Via IMPAwards)

The Semi-Weekly Round Up: The Foot Fist Way, Meet Bill, Nim’s Island, What Happens in Vegas, Who’s Your Monkey? and Iron Man

Here is a bunch of posters worth mentioning that I’m obviously never going to get around to writing a full post about.

The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way Poster

Ridiculously funny or just plain ridiculous? It’s hard to say. But it is a hard to ignore poster, and the tagline made me laugh.

Meet Bill

Meet Bill Poster

Not sure I want to. I mean, the guy walks around with a shirt that matches the wallpaper, weird.

More to the point, Aaron Eckhart looks a little strange here. Shouldn’t it be someone like Steve Carell or Zach Braff in the poster?

Nim’s Island

Nim’s Island Poster

If I wasn’t such cold hearted cynical bastard I would probably think that this looks like a very entertaining and sweet adventure appropriate for all ages.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

Perhaps this movie should have stayed in Vegas.

You know, for a guy who actually is charismatic, somewhat talented and liked by the studio people Ashton sure gets himself into a lot of shitty movies.

And yes, if the poster is going to call him just Ashton so will I.

Who’s Your Monkey?

Who’s Your Monkey Poster

Oh yeah, I got your attention now, didn’t I? I know just what you are thinking. “What is that monkey doing in the guy’s back? Did the monkey kill him? Why? And why is the poster asking who is my monkey? I don’t even have a monkey! Wait, is THAT my monkey?”

And in order to find the answers to these questions you will have to see the film. They really got you in a bind now, didn’t they?

International Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

This one probably deserves a proper post, but after the last post about Iron Man I’m a little tired of talking about it. So let’s just say that I like this and that despite whatever problems I might have had with some of the posters I think that the Iron Man marketing campaign in general has been excellent. It certainly got me excited about seeing the movie, and that wasn’t even a little bit true about a year ago.

(Via IMPAwards, Kvikmyndir.is, CanMag, ComingSoon and MovieWeb)

The Semi-Weekly Round Up: The Foot Fist Way, Meet Bill, Nim's Island, What Happens in Vegas, Who's Your Monkey? and Iron Man

Here is a bunch of posters worth mentioning that I’m obviously never going to get around to writing a full post about.

The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way Poster

Ridiculously funny or just plain ridiculous? It’s hard to say. But it is a hard to ignore poster, and the tagline made me laugh.

Meet Bill

Meet Bill Poster

Not sure I want to. I mean, the guy walks around with a shirt that matches the wallpaper, weird.

More to the point, Aaron Eckhart looks a little strange here. Shouldn’t it be someone like Steve Carell or Zach Braff in the poster?

Nim’s Island

Nim’s Island Poster

If I wasn’t such cold hearted cynical bastard I would probably think that this looks like a very entertaining and sweet adventure appropriate for all ages.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

Perhaps this movie should have stayed in Vegas.

You know, for a guy who actually is charismatic, somewhat talented and liked by the studio people Ashton sure gets himself into a lot of shitty movies.

And yes, if the poster is going to call him just Ashton so will I.

Who’s Your Monkey?

Who’s Your Monkey Poster

Oh yeah, I got your attention now, didn’t I? I know just what you are thinking. “What is that monkey doing in the guy’s back? Did the monkey kill him? Why? And why is the poster asking who is my monkey? I don’t even have a monkey! Wait, is THAT my monkey?”

And in order to find the answers to these questions you will have to see the film. They really got you in a bind now, didn’t they?

International Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

This one probably deserves a proper post, but after the last post about Iron Man I’m a little tired of talking about it. So let’s just say that I like this and that despite whatever problems I might have had with some of the posters I think that the Iron Man marketing campaign in general has been excellent. It certainly got me excited about seeing the movie, and that wasn’t even a little bit true about a year ago.

(Via IMPAwards, Kvikmyndir.is, CanMag, ComingSoon and MovieWeb)

The First of Many

I almost forgot, but it was one year ago that I made the first post to this very blog. It sure went by quickly.

In the many years I have been doing this Internet thing I have tried many times to create my own sites, but nothing ever lasted. But MPA has been different. Not only have I put more work into this than I ever put in any other site, I’m actually looking forward to putting even more work into it. In fact my main frustration over the last few months has been not having enough time to do all that I wanted to do with MPA.

Anyway, I want to take this moment to say a few thank yous.

First to all the readers. It’s a blessing to have an audience to the stuff I write, and the major reason why I keep doing this.

I also want to thank all the people who actually took the time to leave a comment. Let me assure you that even tough I don’t always respond, I have read and appreciated them all.

Finally I have to thank all the kind people who have linked to MPA. Without you I wouldn’t actually have an audience.

Every site like this is a constant work in progress. I like to think MPA is better now than it was a year ago, and I’m constantly trying to improve things. Hopefully it shows.

And now let get back to the posters.

And We Are Back

Well, that took longer than I expected. But at least things seem to be working fine now, including the comment system.

If you have any problems with the site in the next few days please send me an e-mail (gus.larking@movieposteraddict.com) or leave a comment and I’ll try to fix whatever is wrong as soon as possible.

Redbelt Poster

Redbelt Poster

So, I read the movie’s announcement, and I didn’t get it. Then I watched the trailer, and I did get it! But now I have been starring at this poster for the past few days, and I don’t get it anymore.

Ok, that is not really true. I still get it. But not because of the poster.

Redbelt is a David Mamet movie, and because of that I expect this to be much more than a movie about guys slugging at each other. And the trailer showed me more. A bit of philosophy. Personal struggles. And that old favorite, greed fueled deception.

But is any of that in the poster? I don’t see it. We have two fighters, one of them apparently already knocked out, against a background that seems to be composed of a bunch of spectators and a big announcement of the title fight. The kind of thing that you could see in a run of the mill movie about fighting.

Now there are also several details that make this not seem like a poster for a run of the mill movie about fighting. Ejiofor, the winner, doesn’t look all proud a cocky due to his win. Instead he looks tired, perhaps even a little afraid. They are not in a ring, but in what seems like a red carpet. And the background is out of focus. But all those things don’t amount to any coherent message. They are just confusing, specially if you haven’t seen the trailer. And they also don’t create a strong, memorable image.

One other weird thing about the poster is that it doesn’t use a tagline. Now, not every poster has to have a tagline. And in fact a look at the taglines for a few upcoming movies will show that many of them are not very good or helpful. But I think that the trailer itself has several interesting phrases that could be turned into fine taglines, and in this case they would help to give a better insight into the movie’s somewhat convoluted plot.

(Via JoBlo)